Colleton County community mourns teens killed in I-95 crash

Jakeem Pinckney, Jashawn Brown, and Tykeem Johnson

A crash on I-95 Wednesday night killed three teenagers, and left one injured. Tykeem Johnson, 18, of Smoaks, Jakeem Pinckney, 18, of Smoaks, and Jashawn Brown, 17, of Walterboro, were the three young men who died. Another teen, O’shay Wiggins, was taken by air ambulance to Savannah Memorial.

“It’s like a piece of my heart left this world,” family friend Tykim Carter said. “I gave that boy my heart since I met him…there’s nothing in this world I wouldn’t have did for them.”

“It was a tragic accident, a lot of trauma. It was apparently due to high speed, going into the trees coming off the interstate,” Jasper County Deputy Coroner Todd Harvey said.

The crash happened just before 10 p.m. on Wednesday. According to Ridgeland Police, their vehicle was traveling northbound on I-95 in excess of 100 miles per hour. The car went off the road, into the median and struck trees at exit 22.

The teens had just graduated from Colleton County High School on Saturday. They had been at the graduation ceremony for friends at Ridgeland-Hardeeville High School Wednesday night.

“That’s like the first time I ever had somebody that close to me gone…they told me he was gone,” Carter said.

“We have quite a few accidents and the majority of it is due to high speed,” Harvey said, “when going up and down any interstate, watch your speed. High speed is not what’s needed on that interstate. You’re not making that much time up speeding to get somewhere.”

A community candlelight vigil is planned for 8 p.m. Thursday night at the Colleton County Middle School track field.

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